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The Man’s Man of the Year
A man’s man is that guy who inspires. He’s an archetype. A leader. But not just a leader of those who follow at every opportunity. He’s a leader of leaders. He’s the leader of men who are as strong as he is. They look to him for inspiration. For guidance.
We, men, leaders in our own rite, applaud the man’s man successes. A real man isn’t jealous nor envious. With that said, if we do have a tendency to be envious of what others accomplish, it’s impossible to have jealousy for what he is and has accomplished. He’s too damn good at what he does, who he is, and he’s too damn good of a guy to want anything other than incredible success for him. He works too hard and he puts so much into what he does to have anything other than respect for him. After all, he gives us more than we give him.
I found out who the Man’s Man of the Year was in September.
On a cold and rainy night in Brooklyn, a good buddy of mine – Sean Hyson (check out his site) – and I embarked on a pilgrimage. We braved the elements. We walked. We took trains. We reminisced and laughed, all the while he tried his best to prepare me for what I was about to experience. Not witness, but experience.
I make that clarification on purpose. When you see this man. When he performs. You’re not watching. You’re a part of the production. Somehow he connects with you, personally, as well as the 60,000 others standing, singing, here for the very same reason.
Sean tried to prepare me, but there was nothing he could have said to make me realize that I wasn’t just going to a concert. And so, on November the 26th, as I embarked on the same pilgrimage, this time with my parents, I tried to convey the same message to them. Now it was I who would try and explain to them what they were about to experience. But it wasn’t that easy. I was trying to tell a 68 (sorry Mom) year-young woman, and a 58-year Old Man, both of whom never attend concerts, that they were about to experience something unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced. Read the rest of this entry »